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Lakeport Beach

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Landlab specializes in innovative projects that re-introduce the tried and true principles of traditional community design. We only work in the best locati­on­s, so we took our time finding an extraordinary site for our next project. We found it in Alnwick/Haldimand. We are proud to present you with our ideas for Lakeport Beach and we look forward to getting input from the surrounding community. We trust that by working together we can build a sustainable, one-of-a-kind neighbourhood that will enrich the whole community socially, economically, and ecologically for many generations to come.

Project Location Alnwick/Haldimand

We work with municipalities to build places where people and their environment come first. We adapt our development plans to the piece of land, instead of imposing off-the-shelf zoning requirements on the land, and we place a high value on the preservation of nature and the creation of greenspace. By doing this we create places where people are naturally drawn to live, work and play. These are the types of places that are truly sustainable—they create a rich social fabric that enhances the lives of residents.


Cul De Sac Park Illustration

Watch the following video to learn more about Landlab’s Lakeport Beach project.

a complete community

We have commissioned one of the world’s most recognized urban planning firms, DPZ, to work with us to design a comprehensive plan for Lakeport Beach. In this plan, we intend to introduce a variety of components that we feel are necessary for a complete community.

Boulevard Park Ground Level Illustration

public beach

The new project site has over 1.3km of beautiful waterfront on Lake Ontario. While most developers would privatize the waterfront, we believe that it's important that the broader community, whether they live at Lakeport Beach or not, have access to this wonderful natural amenity. Ensuring the whole waterfront is a publicly accessible beach will be a key component of the community design. We’ve also designed a large public waterfront park that can be used for events or community gatherings.


Beach Ground Level Illustration

constraints

We choose to view constraints as opportunities to create something beautiful. Instead of hiding the drainage ditch that bisects the property, we plan to accentuate it and make it an important design feature. It will be integrated and re-naturalized into a large boulevard green space, that will be bordered by the main arteries for pedestrian and vehicular traffic leading from Lakeport Road down to the waterfront.


Boulevard Park Aerial Illustration

pocket parks

We feel that it's vital, in every project we design, that green spaces be dotted throughout the neighbourhood so all homeowners have easy access to nature close by. These pocket parks also make the pedestrian experience far more enjoyable.


Cottage Court Illustration

mix of housing types & affordability

Lakeport Beach will feature a range of housing types, including single family homes, townhomes, bungalows, small cottages, and ground floor 1-storey units for older demographics. We’re also proposing an Affordability Plan to ensure modest-income households from Northumberland County have the option of calling Lakeport Beach home. We believe that healthy communities include a broad range of ages and income groups.


Senior's Flats Illustration

pedestrian networks

It’s important to us that walkability and pedestrian networks are planned from the very beginning because they are critical to good community design. The Lakeport Beach plan should benefit from a mix of sidewalks, alleyways, footpaths, footbridges, and staircases/ramps to ensure pedestrians can easily access all areas of the neighbourhood.

Ridgetop Park Ground Level Illustration

village-scale commerce

Lakeport Beach’s plan for a complete community places commercial amenities at the heart of the neighbourhood. Village-scale commercial buildings will enliven the large beachfront park with space for local retail, restaurants and terraces, and professional services. This placement is but a short stroll or bike ride from all corners of the community, and is ideally located for serving those spending time along the lakefront.

COLOUR Lakeport Commercial

preservation of topography

One of our fundamental philosophies is to listen to the land. Rather than flattening a site, we prefer to work with the existing topography. This creates a much more organic and natural feeling in the neighbourhood. For example, a ridge runs along the western sector of the property. Rather than planning to flatten it for easier construction, we’ve taken advantage of its height to design a linear park that runs the length of that ridgetop. By adding this park at a higher elevation, you end up with homes on both sides that are two storeys where facing the park, but three storeys from the street. Interesting design elements like this add texture to neighbourhoods.

Ridgetop Park Aerial Illustration

greenspaces

Approximately 40% of the land at Lakeport Beach will remain greenspace, whether it be forested areas, parks, or beaches. All of these green spaces will be open to the public. We feel that it’s vital in every project we design, that the greater community is taken into account in the design of the neighbourhood. Everyone should be welcome to walk, play, sit in the parks, and enjoy the beach.

Linear Pocket Park Illustration
Beach and Steps Illustration
Builder's Square Illustration
Beach Ground Level Illustration

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